Integrated and multi-sectorial social development initiatives are essential to overcome hunger and poverty, to ensure food and nutritional security, and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. How to implement social protection systems is one of the most frequently requested topics by partner countries of the Centre of Excellence for knowledge exchange, technical capacity strengthening and continued technical assistance. Throughout 2016, the WFP Centre organized different learning opportunities in this area, in addition to specific technical assistance initiatives directly to countries (more information on the Map).

Database integration

Around 150 experts and representatives from countries in Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia gathered to share best practices and discuss the institutional, technological and contextual integration of databases and information systems, in the context of social protection policies. The International Seminar on Database Integration and Information Systems for Public Policy Improvement took place in Brasilia, on 5 and 6 April. The event was organized by the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger, in partnership with the Brazil Learning Initiative for a World without Poverty (WWP).

During the event, countries that were able to reduce fragmentation in their information systems – such as Australia, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina and Latvia – highlighted the lessons learned and the challenges they faced in the process. The WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger supported the participation of representatives from The Gambia, Mozambique, and Ethiopia, who could take part in the discussions about the potential paths to integrate databases in different contexts.

XI International Seminar on Social Policies for Development

An audience comprised of 70 governmental delegations from five continents participated from 10 to 13 May in the 11th International Seminar Social Policies for Development, in Brasilia. The 250 participants came to Brazil to learn about the Brazilian strategies to fight hunger and social inequality. Besides lectures about conditional cash transfer programmes, unified registry systems for social programmes, food and nutrition security policies and access to water, the seminar also included a field trip. Participants visited public facilities dedicated to the promotion of food and nutrition security, such as the food bank and the food supply centre, gained in-depth knowledge on the Food Acquisition Programme, and visited social assistance units to understand how the Unified Social Assistance System operates. Organized by Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger, the seminar counted on the support from the WFP Centre of Excellence, the Initiative World without Poverty, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).

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International Forum - Social Protection Initiatives for Achieving Zero Hunger

From 15 to 17 November, over 100 representatives from Brazil, The Gambia, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe were in Cape Town to discuss the role of social protection systems in overcoming hunger and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Government representatives, researchers, practitioners, civil society and UN agencies’ staff members attended the three-day event. They presented innovative researches, shared data and experiences, and discussed good practices that can help overcome some of the challenges faced by developing countries in designing and implementing social protection systems. The forum was part of a partnership between the WFP Centre and DFID to support and strengthen South-South cooperation initiatives for establishing and advancing social development programmes, in the field of food security and nutrition, social inclusion, fight against poverty and others.